Reverend John Wilkins - You Can't Hurry God

Published Monday 13th June 2011
Reverend John Wilkins - You Can't Hurry God
Reverend John Wilkins - You Can't Hurry God

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 108821-16907
LABEL: Big Legal Mess BLMO259

Reviewed by Jamie Maxwell

Reverend John Wilkins' father was renowned blues and gospel singer Robert Wilkins, and in fact this set includes a rendition of his father's best known song "Prodigal Son". This is timeless delta blues, and with its searing guitar work and growled vocals this, Rev John's first full length album, can be compared to fellow North Mississippi native, Fred McDowell. Wilkins' particular brand of bluesy gospel is more upbeat than McDowell's, but there are still a number of quiet, reflective numbers here. The first two tracks set the mood with a positive message, delivered over a driving guitar groove. The energy is sustained throughout, pausing briefly at the more contemplative "Sinners Prayer" and "Thank You Sir". Each track contributes to the overall impact of an album which is greater than the sum of its parts, although the closing track, "On The Battlefield" shines a little brighter than the rest in terms of sheer catchiness. Clearly, Wilkins is a major gospel blues discovery and hopefully there will be more albums to follow.

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